consonant

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From Old French, from Latin cōnsonāns (sounding with), from prefix con- (with), + present participle sonāns (sounding), from sonāre (to sound)

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consonant (plural consonants)

  1. (phonetics) A sound that results from the passage of air through restrictions of the oral cavity; any sound that is not the dominant sound of a syllable, the dominant sound generally being a vowel.
  2. A letter representing the sound of a consonant.
    The 19 unquestionable consonants in the English alphabet are B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, V, X, Z.
    • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, Prologue:
      Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.

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Adjective[edit]

consonant (comparative more consonant, superlative most consonant)

  1. Characterized by harmony or agreement.
    • Bishop Beveridge
      Each one pretends that his opinion [] is consonant to the words there used.
    • Dr. H. More
      That where much is given shall be much required is a thing consonant with natural equity.
  2. Having the same sound.
    • Howell
      consonant words and syllables
  3. (music) Harmonizing together; accordant.
    consonant tones; consonant chords
  4. Of or relating to consonants; made up of, or containing many, consonants.
    • T. Moore
      No Russian whose dissonant consonant name / Almost shatters to fragments the trumpet of fame.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin consonans.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kunsuˈnan/, /kunsuˈnant/
  • Rhymes: -ant

Adjective[edit]

consonant m, f (masculine and feminine plural consonants)

  1. consonant

Noun[edit]

consonant f (plural consonants)

  1. consonant

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Verb[edit]

cōnsonant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of cōnsonō